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Loanwords are lexical items which are phonetically and morphologically integrated into a language other than the one where they originated. The prerequisite for such lexical items to be incorporated in another language is the presence of bilingual individuals. Arabic/Nubian bilingualism can be characterized as replacive in the sense that the Nubian languages are threatened by complete replacement by Arabic.

The Nubian languages are scattered today over a large area comprising both the northern half of the Republic of Sudan and southern Egypt. They form a…

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Angelika Jakobi, “Nubian”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0097>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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